Join a gym. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Save more money. I bet you know what these have in common: Yes, they are popular (and quickly broken) New Year’s resolutions. Although quitting gambling also fits nicely into this list, I’m willing to put up money that “make a stem cell resolution” has never crossed your mind.
Well, our clever friends at CIRM are inviting you to do just that, with a new campaign they have just launched. Participating is easy and you might be rewarded with a CIRM Stem Cell Champions t-shirt.
I haven’t posted it to social media yet, but my stem cell resolution in 2017 is to win one of those shirts. (Does that count?)
I’ll also make a second resolution. Since I’m not a scientist, a student or a patient, but I regularly communicate about stem cells to raise awareness and educate the public, my #stemcellresolution is to use this forum to spread the news – what I do best – about this fun and important challenge.
There are many issues associated with stem cell research, including regulation, reimbursement, funding, warning the public about unsafe/unproven stem cell therapies…the list goes on. CIRM has created a means for everyone associated with, or interested in, stem cells to make a commitment in a personal and meaningful way, even if the concept is quite simple. In fact, that’s the beauty of this campaign: it’s easy to participate so adoption will hopefully be high. So, in all seriousness, that’s why I want to support CIRM in raising awareness of what they’re doing.
CIRM has given you lots of ways to participate and provided some tools to make it easy. There is even a fun video that outlines how the contest works and offers some resolution ideas. Give it a watch and see if you don’t feel better afterwards. I know I already feel ten pounds lighter.
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